In Memory of

Floyd C. Wilson

July 17, 1924 - May 1, 2021
From: Farnhamville, IA

Farnhamville – Floyd C. Wilson 96, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Shady Oaks Care Center, Lake City.  Services will be at a later date.  Memorials may be sent to: Beacon of Hope, Fort Dodge; First United Church, Farnhamville; or Pacific Garden Mission, Chicago, IL.  Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie is serving the family.

     Floyd Clair Wilson was born July 17, 1924, in Farnhamville, Iowa to John J. and Florence (Effie) Rushton Wilson.  He graduated from Farnhamville High School in 1941.  He attended Morningside College, Sioux City, where he met the love of his life, Earlene Schenck, when he went to check on job offerings at the college personnel office where she worked.  During college he worked as a carpenter at the Sioux City Airbase.  He was drafted into the Army and sent overseas to Europe for 3 years in WW2.  Upon his return from WW2, he married Earlene on June 14, 1946 in Humboldt, then began their life together in Farnhamville where JJ Wilson & Sons built their one and only home next to Floyd’s parents’ house.  Within 10 months they began their family with first daughter, Gwen, followed by two sons, Roger and Gary born within the next 2.5 years.  Daughters, Rachel and Renee, arrived 4 and 6 years later.  Floyd worked with his father and brother, Jack, as carpenter/contractor building many homes, barns, corn cribs, etc. in the Calhoun & Webster County area.  When his father retired, Floyd and Jack continued the contracting business as Wilson Brothers.  Floyd was a Boy Scout Master for the Farnhamville Troop for many years.  He was also active as a lay speaker & Sunday School teacher for the Methodist Church.  He loved hunting pheasants.

     Upon retirement, Floyd and Earlene enjoyed fishing trips to MN, visiting family, garage saleing, and being active in the Farnhamville Methodist Church and Walk to Emmaus.  They loved vegetable and flower gardening (especially roses and gladiolus).   He loved buying fixer-uppers at garage sales and tinkering on many projects in his basement to sell at his garage sales twice a year.  Floyd enjoyed the garage sales as a time to visit with everyone he met as he rarely met a stranger.  He is remembered for his love of life & his strong faith in the Lord.  He kept a Praise the Lord journal after retirement and every week wrote about events of the week and what filled him with gratitude.  Every week he had a family reading of the journal from the past several years for that same week.  He would also have daily Bible readings and meditation with Earlene and Renee.  Renee cared for him for several years at home until he fell and broke his arm and was moved to Shady Oaks Care Center in November of 2020.

     Floyd is survived by his four children:  Gwen (Rex) Benham of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Roger (Rochelle) Wilson of Moville, Iowa; Gary (Nancy) Wilson of Dallas Center, Iowa; Renee Wilson of Farnhamville, Iowa; five grandchildren: Waneta (Joris) van Drunen Littel, Natalie  Wilson, Aaron (Sarah) Wilson, Ashley (Scott) Wilkinson, Wesley (Amy) Wilson; nine great-grandchildren: Eliana, Jacob, & Cora Wilson; Olivier van Drunen Littel; Kate, Eli & Grant Wilson; Maddie & Will Wilkinson; sister-in-law Mae Wilson, brother-in-law Arlen Hirsch plus many nieces and nephews.  Floyd is preceded in death by his parents; wife Earlene; daughter Rachel; sister Faith Vehue & brother-in-law Bob Vehue; brother Jack Wilson; sister-in-law Joan Hirsch; granddaughter Amber Rae Wilson; great-grandchildren Avalon Fleur, Ainslie Milan, & Avalon Flora van Drunen Littel.

Services will be at a later date.


Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 8:44 AM
“To The Floyd Wilson family, sending prayers and sympathy in the loss of your father. Been a long time since I have seen any of you. Garlen and I were just talking about the Farnhamville relatives a while back. Loved getting together for Wilson family reunions. Hope you are all well. Love Tracy (Decker) Goodell”
- Tracy Goodell

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 8:30 AM
“My sincere sorrow goes out to all of you! Your Dad was a great guy. I enjoy the fact that I had the great pleasure of knowing all of you as a family! Love and best wishes to each and every one of you!”
- Sandra Matticks Lange

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:09 PM
“So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Losing a parent is very difficult! I have so many fond memories of your entire family. Floyd will be missed by many but is now reunited with his life long Love. Our prayers to the entire family.”
- Sandra 'Matticks' Lange

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:01 AM
“I am so sorry to hear about this. He was a kind man with a great laugh. ”
- Patty Wilson

Monday, May 3, 2021 at 9:30 PM
“So sorry for your loss, Roger. Your father, and his generation are the Americans who are responsible for making this nation the greatest the world has ever seen. Your family was surely blessed to have such a fine man in your lives for so long. Condolences from Tim Swales, and family.”
- timothy swales

Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2:05 PM
“Sorry to hear of Floyd’s passing. Prayers for the family. ”
- Andy & Cindy Kail

Monday, May 3, 2021 at 1:35 PM
“Thinking of you all!”
- Konk

Monday, May 3, 2021 at 1:14 PM
“So sorry to hear of Floyd's passing. Sounds like he had a busy, fulfilling life!”
- Bob, Lois , and Peyton Carlson

Monday, May 3, 2021 at 1:07 PM
“Mom and I are sending our condolences, love and prayers. Growing up I could always count on your mom and dad being a part of my church family. For that I am thankful. Gods blessings.

Darla and Joyce Babcock ”
- Darla Babcock

Monday, May 3, 2021 at 3:59 AM
“We remember him as a very nice man”
- Carin & Rob van Drunen Littel

Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:03 PM
“So sorry to hear about the passing of Floyd. Prayers to the family.”
- Barb Gregg

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